Exclusive interview! Tahir Raj Bhasin on his 'Looop Lapeta' character: I was surprised to find out how alike Satya and I were

After Taapsee Pannu’s look from ‘Looop Lapeta’, the Hindi adaptation of German cult classic ‘Run Lola Run’ fetched rave reviews, Tahir Raj Bhasin’s look from the film was released on Tuesday and garnered an equally impressive response. We caught up with the actor, who is currently shooting with the rest of the cast and crew in Goa. Pointing out that the film was supposed to be shot last year but the pandemic hit their plans for a toss, Tahir opens up about why he gave his nod to the role and what will his character Satya be like. Read on:

Tell us about your role in ‘Looop Lapeta’…

My character in ‘Looop Lapeta’ is called Satya and it is different from anything that I’ve ever done before. I know all actors say that when the look is repeated, but I genuinely feel this way because it’s the quintessential Bollywood hero. I’m the romantic lead opposite the fabulous Taapsee Pannu. I’m having such a great time doing it because when you grow up watching a dose of Bollywood films yourself, there’s always this image of a hero you have in mind when you start acting in films. My character is irreverent, laid back, a charmer. In fact, we describe him as a ‘jhollar’ which means someone whose words don’t match his action. The film revolves around the crisis he creates for Taapsee’s character.

Were you excited or skeptical when approached for the role? I was not at all skeptical; I’ve always played these anti-heroes…the bad boys.

Do you like playing a bad boy onscreen?

I like playing such characters; I would describe them as three-dimensional. There’s no black and white; there’s always a little shade of grey. I believe that even in real life, heroes are like that and that’s what engages the audience, especially in today’s times. When they approached me for ‘Looop Lapeta’, I was laughing throughout the narration. It’s an adaptation of a German film called ‘Run Lola Run’, which I had really enjoyed in college; so, I was even more excited to be a part of it. And thematically, the film is a heist drama, but it’s also got a lot of romance. It’s very different from my last outing–Derek in ‘Chhichhore’, who was a hardcore, sports guy that you spot on a college campus. It was fun to do something that was a little goofy, with a sense of humour, and also a little romantic. I was also surprised to find out how alike Satya and I were!